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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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WILLIAM PATTERSON, farmer; P. O. Piqua; born in Shelby Co., Ohio, Feb. 11, 1821; is the son of John and Elizabeth (Anderson) Patterson, both born in Ireland; he emigrated to this country in 1816, and she came, in 1814, to Pennsylvania; they left Pennsylvania and came to Shelby Co. in 1817; they were the parents of eight children, five of whom are living, viz., John, William, Robert, Alexander, James. The parents lived and died in Shelby. Mr. Patterson lived at home with his father till 1853, when he went to California, remained about three years, working in the mines, when, in 1857, he returned to Ohio, bought a farm in Washington Township and located. On Oct. 15, 1857, he was married to Margaret Crozier, daughter of John and Jane (Patterson) Crozier; by this union they had six children, five of whom are living, viz., John, Emma, Anna, Cora and Lee. Mr. Patterson remained eight years on his farm, when he bought the farm where he now lives and moved to it with his family, where he still resides; Mr. Patterson is a large land-holder, being owner of 360 acres, comprising two farms. Mrs. Patterson departed this life March 21, 1875.

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This family biography is one of 964 biographies included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Miami County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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